The Italian Footballers Association (AIC) launched a newly-named award – the “Paolo Rossi Award” dedicated to the top scorer in Serie A and its first recipient is none other than Juventus talisman Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese striker was the top scorer in Serie A with 29 goals scored for Juventus. The award is a tribute to one of Italy’s football legends, Paolo Rossi, who died last year at 64.
“Pablito was the only player in the history of Italian football to have consecutively won the top scorer in Serie B with 21 goals in the 1976/77 season with Vicenza, and then reconfirmed in Serie A the following season and won the title of top scorer at the 1982 World Cup in Spain with 6 goals,” the AIC said in a statement. Follow us for upcoming Serie A predictions and more!
Paolo Rossi was Italy’s leading figure who won the 1982 World Cup, while playing in Italian clubs and becoming a two-time champion with Juventus (1982 and 1984) and won a Champions Cup (1985). The new award will be a transparent “plexiglass” soccer ball, with two silver rings, a diamond that will correspond to each goal scored by that player and Rossi’s photo in the center.
The Portugal international, who also won the Euro 2020 Golden Boot, is set to receive the one with 29 diamonds that has a total value of 3.30 carats. Meanwhile, Ronaldo’s future at the Old Lady remained uncertain as he entered his final year of contract at the Turin-based club. He is constantly linked to Paris Saint-Germain and his former clubs Manchester United and Real Madrid.
The transfer speculation came after Ronaldo reportedly frustrated about Juventus’ performance during the last season where they exited the Champions League as early as in the last-16 and failed to defend their title despite finishing as top goal-scorer with 29 goals. Juventus finished fourth in the Serie A table and Ronaldo scored 36 goals in 44 appearances for Juve that helped the club lift the Coppa Italia.
Last month, he returned to Italy from his holiday since Portugal’s Euro 2020 defeat to Belgium at the round of 16. The 36-year-old underwent a medical in Turin and joined pre-season training ahead of the 2021-22 Serie A season. Since joining the Bianconeri in July 2018, Ronaldo has netted an impressive 101 goals in 133 games and won two Serie A titles, two Italian super cups and one Coppa Italia.
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